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Book Spotlight: Educational Disobedience By Dr. Annise Mabry

Educational Disobedience
By Dr. Annise Mabry
Genre: Education, Self-Help, Homeschooling

Book Description

In “Educational Disobedience,” educationist, Dr. Annise Mabry, offers a compelling, unique and refreshing insight into how she helps her children overcome the limitations of what she terms “a broken education system,” in the State of Georgia. Her decision to homeschool them were borne largely due to the fact that they were not receiving the best of education, and more because protection from the unending problem of bullying in public schools was lacking. She soon realized that only a crucial intervention could save her family from falling apart, and it was a decision that proved timely because not only did she achieve her objectives, but she also ended up saving her community! She has helped many parents to transform their children from struggling students to homeschool high school graduates!
This isn’t the guide for how to homeschool–it’s the story of survival because of homeschool.

About the Author

Dr. Annise Mabry is a homeschool mom, radio host, motivational speaker, and online professor. Dr. Mabry’s enthusiastic, high quality, content packed speeches and presentations have a down to earth feel that leaves her audiences with the feeling that they have known her forever.

Dr. Mabry is a civic entrepreneur. She is the President of The Dr. Annise Mabry Foundation and the Executive Director of Tiers Free Academy. She witnessed the impact that one person can make in a family’s life and her mantra is “Your vibe attracts your tribe.” Prior to her retirement from the Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Mabry was a founding partner of Mabry Investigations, a private detective agency and is currently the owner of the Back2Us Radio Network.

She is a Georgia Certified Peace Officer and E-911 Dispatcher, holds a B.A. in Mass Communications, a post master’s certificate in Juvenile Justice, an M.A.Ed in Adult Education, a M.S. in Criminal Justice, a MBA and a Ph.D. in K-12 Teaching and Learning.

Twitter: @DrAnniseMabry
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Book Excerpt
My daughter’s spirit broke. She became angry at everything and everyone. She was the victim, yet I was telling her to change her behavior as if she were the perpetrator. Even a simple request such as “Please turn the light off” gave way to a major battle with her. All of the rage that my daughter had bottled up on the inside had to come out somewhere, and I bore the brunt of it.
Overnight, she had transformed me in her mind from her greatest ally to her enemy number one. What I also didn’t realize at the time was that her rage from being bullied was transforming everyone in the house. We were all the victims of these middle school bullies.

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Murder At The Book Club : Betsy Reavley

SYNOPSISImagine nine women meeting. Tea and cake are on the coffee table. They’ve come together to share their love of books. They are friends. They trust each other. It’s a happy gathering. What could be more harmless?

Then scratch the surface and look closer.

One is lonely. One is desperate and one of them is a killer.

When the body of a woman is discovered on a Cambridge common, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called in to investigate. But the motive behind the crime isn’t clear… And it all leads back to a book club.

As the lies, volatile friendships and tension among the group rise to the surface, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer must work out the motive and track down a cold-blooded killer. But just when they think they are on the right track, a twist in the case throws them off course…

MY THOUGHTS: I’m embarrassed to say that, initially, I thought this might not be for me. It seemed a bit slow paced. I was wrong. What I found in this novel was what I have been looking for everywhere. A great whodunit, great characters, and no idea who did it! Decades of reading mysteries and I still couldn’t figure it out. That’s what I crave as a mystery reader.

Betsy Reavley has gained a fan. She did an incredible job dedicating each chapter to a different character, alternating point of views, and hiding clues in plain sight. Her novel has been compared to Agatha Christie and rightly so! It’s great and I recommend it with a 4 star rating.

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Meltdown in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery: Meg Muldoon

(Christmas River #10)
SYNOPSIS:How do you find a killer when everyone in town has a motive?
That’s the question pie-baker extraordinaire Cinnamon Peters and the rest of the cozy little mountain town of Christmas River are asking this December.
After Moira Stewart — the town’s worst gossip — is found dead of unnatural causes one snowy morning, rumors begin swirling like snowflakes in a blizzard about her unexpected demise.
But not everything is as it seems in Christmas River this holiday season. And in a town where everyone stands to gain from Moira’s death, Cinnamon and her husband Sheriff Brightman find themselves stumbling into dangerous and deadly territory.
Because this December, the weather outside is frightful…
And so is the murder.
MY THOUGHTS: I started this series quite some time ago. I read them all (1-9) and anxiously awaited #10. Initially, the book started off slow. Honestly, I almost walked away from it. I’m glad I stuck it out.
It definitely improved! This mystery surrounds a little known character in the town and, in addition, we get to learn a bit more about Cinnamon’s past. I was pleased with this as her past has been a mystery itself.

All the favorite supporting characters are back as is a healthy dose of Christmas cheer. Unlike some of the previous installments, the whodunit part of the story wasn’t obvious right away. It will take the reader a bit to piece it together. That’s always fun in a mystery. All in all, it was worth the wait and is a 4 star book.

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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: My Favorite Job Is You: Ashley Flynn

SYNOPSIS: An anthem for working mothers everywhere, My Favorite Job Is You takes you on a mother’s journey to find her balance between motherhood and a career. This light-hearted poem serves as encouragement to all mothers rocking their babies to sleep at night and waking up before the sun to do it all over again.
MT THOUGHTS: In a culture that’s overloaded with mom-shaming, it is refreshing and SO appreciated that Ashley Flynn has penned this book. The synopsis calls it an anthem & I believe that is exactly the right word to use. We, as moms, need to be building each other up and contributing to each other’s mothering not picking sides on whether or not one should work outside the home.
Whether you’re a seasoned, mommy veteran or a newbie, this book will speak to your mommy heart and uplift you. But, most of all, it adds an easy to comprehend, direct message to our children. No job is more important than they are. What a positive and necessary message! This book is perfect to read over and over again at bedtime with snuggles.
It’s beautifully written and wonderfully illustrated. I highly recommend supporting authors who are supporting ALL roles in the family as vital and respecting the hard-work of parents/guardians everywhere. It’s a 5 star book. Don’t pass this one up!
About the Author
Before embarking on her new career as a children’s book author, and launching Flynn Storytelling, Ashley worked in the high-stakes world of political fundraising. Balancing a career she was passionate about with motherhood led Ashley to the idea of her first book, My Favorite Job Is You. Ashley and her husband, Colby, have a daughter and are pregnant with baby #2. They live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

*I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Both the pick & the synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher.

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Book Spotlight: Girls’ Night Out: Liz Fenton , Lisa Steinke


For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between them. Where better to repair those severed ties than on a girls’ getaway to the beautiful paradise of Tulum, Mexico? But even after they’re reunited, no one is being completely honest about the past or the secrets they’re hiding. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together.

Was Ashley with the man she’d met only days before? Did she pack up and leave? Was she kidnapped? Or worse—could Natalie or Lauren have snapped under the weight of her own lies?

As the clock ticks, hour by hour, Natalie and Lauren’s search rushes headlong into growing suspicion and dread. Maybe their secrets run deeper and more dangerous than one of them is willing—or too afraid—to admit.

MY THOUGHTS: It’s been a while since I was so engrossed in a novel that I read it every chance I had. But, I did just that with ‘Girls’ Night Out’. As the memories and realities of the ladies’ lives are revealed, the mystery just deepens and deepens. Each of the women is an awful friend and each has their own demons to fight. But, every time I thought I knew the plot, it twisted again.

Our authors expertly went back and forth, each chapter belonging to one of the three women main characters, never missing a beat. There were AHA moments and wow factors galore. But, the whole thing may make you rethink and trips you may have in the works.

Even the end itself blew my mind. The author duo also penned ‘The Good Widow‘ which was great, too. They work incredibly well together. I certainly hope they’ll collaborate again soon. ‘Girls’ Night Out’ is worth every bit of a 5 star rating.

*Synopsis belongs solely to the author/publisher.